9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
ABC Adapting Hot Korean Drama 'My Love From Another Star' (Exclusive)
ABC is looking to Korean format My Love From Another Star for its next breakout hit.
The network has handed out a script commitment with a penalty attached to a remake of the Korean hit, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Based on the Korean format, My Love explores why a superhero has to save the world and asks why he can't save just one girl. ABC's take is described as epic supernatural love story about a world-famous actress, Lark, and her anti-social neighbor, James, who happens to be from another planet. Disillusioned by the pettiness of human nature, and a resident of Earth for the past several hundred years, James has a centuries-old rule that he will never use his abilities to intervene in the lives of the people around him. But when he gets a premonition that the infuriatingly self-centered but compelling Lark is going to be murdered, James finds himself drawn into her chaotic life and falling deeply in love — just as he finally has the chance to return to his home in the stars.
Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain (CW's The 100, 666 Park Avenue, The Vampire Diaries, Dollhouse) will pen ABC's adaptation and exec produce. Ji-eun Park, creator of the original series, is on board to executive produce alongside Bomi Moon from the flagship's producer HB Entertainment, which owns the format. The ABC adaptation will be produced by HB Entertainment and EnterMedia Contents in association with Sony Pictures Television. EnterMedia Contents head Sebastian Lee will exec produce. David Kim will co-exec produce.
Airing in December to February in Korea, the fantasy romance earned star Jun Ji-hyun the highest award for TV at this year's Baeksang Arts Awards. The series ranked as Korea's favorite program in a Gallup Korea poll in February after captivating an average viewership of 24 percent. The show drew record viewership in Korea and China, where it became one of the most-viewed streaming shows on Chinese platform iqiyi, collecting more than 2.5 billion streams during the three-month window.
The show's viral appeal also ignited food, fashion and book crazes in China, with fans of the series rushing out to buy clothing, snacks and literature featured in the series.
Writing duo Craft and Fain are repped by Bloom Hergott.
This marks the latest Korean format to be adapted stateside this development season. CBS is also teaming with EnterMedia to develop a medical drama based on the South Korean series Good Doctor and NBC is readying an unscripted show based on Grandpas Over Flowers.
EnterMedia and Craft and Fain are repped by WME.
Watch a clip from My Love, below.